I am currently OBSESSED with beets.
I’ve been sipping on beet Health-Ade Kombucha, snacking on Trader Joe’s beet chips, throwing beets into salads, smoothies and even now hummus! They just have this delicious earthy flavor I can’t get enough of PLUS they’re so healthy (more on this later).
Let’s back up here…my love affair with beets all started when I stopped running a few weeks ago to let my body start healing from shin splints and a very tight right calf. During my time off from running I really wanted to make a point to eat as many anti-inflammatory foods as possible and through some
research googling I found out that beets are one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory foods out there.
In addition to their anti-inflammatory properties eating beets can also help boost your metabolism, detoxify your body, lower blood pressure, decrease risk for heart disease/ cancer plus so much more.
So let’s get cooking! This Beet Hummus is actually from one of my favorite cookbooks Run Fast Eat Slow and it could not be more delicious. I’ve made it about 10 times now and it’s the perfect appetizer to bring to a summer BBQ/ party or just to whip up to have in the fridge for a snack.
Health Benefits of Beets:
- fight inflammation- beets are a unique source of betaine, a nutrient that helps protects cells, proteins, and enzymes from environmental stress. It’s also known to help fight inflammation, protect internal organs, improve vascular risk factors, enhance performance, and likely help prevent numerous chronic diseases.
- detoxification support- The betalin pigments in beets support your body’s Phase 2 detoxification process, which is when broken down toxins are bound to other molecules so they can be excreted from your body. Traditionally, beets are valued for their support in detoxification and helping to purify your blood and your liver.
- rich in valuable nutrients and fiber- beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas). Beets also contain the B vitamin folate, which helps reduce the risk of birth defects.
- lower your blood pressure- drinking beet juice may help to lower blood pressure in a matter of hours. One study found that drinking one glass of beet juice lowered systolic blood pressure by an average of 4-5 points. The benefit likely comes from the naturally occurring nitrates in beets, which are converted into nitric oxide in your body. Nitric oxide, in turn, helps to relax and dilate your blood vessels, improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure.
- anti-cancer properties- the powerful phytonutrients that give beets their deep crimson color may help to ward off cancer. Research has shown that beetroot extract reduced multi-organ tumor formations in various animal models when administered in drinking water, for instance, while beetroot extract is also being studied for use in treating human pancreatic, breast, and prostate cancers.
How To Prepare Beets:
I absolutely love beets but they’re a pain in the ass to prepare/ cook!
Real talk…I’ve actually only bought fresh beets from the store once. Within seconds of chopping them up my kitchen looked like murder scene with bright red juices everywhere. Yeah…no!
So THANK GOODNESS Trader Joe’s is the best store ever and sells pre-cooked beets…like seriously TJ’s you can do no wrong.
Sorry I’m not much help in the fresh beet department but this is a great step by step article to show you how to cook fresh beets from start to finish.
- 1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans) rinsed and drained
- 1 medium beet roasted, peeled and quartered OR 4 pre-cooked baby beets from Trader Joe's
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/4 olive oil
- 3/4 tsp sea salt
- optional: garnish with chopped cilantro, parsley, salt, extra olive oil, black pepper...etc
- In a food processor or high speed blender combine all the ingredients and process until smooth. You may need to stop a couple times to scrape down the sides and get all those ingredients combined
- Garnish with optional toppings and enjoy
- All the ingredients I used were from Trader Joe's
Do you like beets?
What’s your favorite way to enjoy beets?
Any tips for roasting/ preparing fresh beets?